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Negombo Court dismisses plea by former President Sirisena to lay by case

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Negombo Additional District Judge Nuwan Tharaka Heenatigala yesterday ordered to lay by the legal proceedings of the case filed against President Ranil Wickremesinghe in connection with the Easter Sunday attack.

“According to section 35(1) of the Constitution, no court proceeding can take place against any serving President”, the District Judge observed.

Accordingly, the judge ordered to proceed further hearing of the case without the presence of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Former President Maithripala Sirisena and others defendants also requested that if the cases filed against President Ranil Wickremesinghe are laid by, then Court should also lay by the cases against all defendants.

The judge dismissed the request made by the former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara.

The relatives of those who died and those who were injured during the suicide bomb blast took place at St.Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya had filed several lawsuits before the Negombo District Court claiming compensation from former President Maithripala Sirisena, then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Chief of State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardane.


Friday, December 16, 2022 – 01:00

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